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'Desperate plea' for social workers in council push to ‘provide excellent services to children and families’

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Rochdale council’s children’s services boss has made a ‘desperate plea’ for social workers as the authority bids to ensure it has a ‘sufficient workforce’ providing ‘excellent services’ to families in the borough.

Sharon Hubber, the council’s director of children’s services, spoke about the difficulty of attracting people to the ‘hard to recruit’ role, after her directorate’s annual plan failed to complete 11 (79pc) of actions planned for the last municipal year.

She was addressing a council’s scrutiny committee after an annual performance report said work to ensure the authority could ‘attract high calibre social workers’ was partially complete.

Consideration to ‘paying professional registration fees and car mileage’ was also reported to be ‘ongoing’. However, Ms Hubber explained that while Rochdale did pay ‘mileage, it did not provide a lump sum covering ‘essential car usage’ - unlike most Greater Manchester authorities. “We are very much looking at what we can do within our paypacket,” said Ms Hubber, who made the point that Rochdale was also competing with Lancashire and West Yorkshire in the employment market.READ MORE: Join the FREE Manchester Evening News WhatsApp community “I know I can’t ask for any more money.

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